November was a serious blogging month for me. Thirty posts written for NaBloPoMo, twenty photoblogs for Photography 101, one interview for a podcast, and the one thousand total WP followers milestone (thank you thank you thank you!!).
Here are some of the highlights from NaBloPoMo.
Overall NaBloPoMo was a great experience. Surprisingly I didn’t feel that overwhelmed by it–maybe three times I considered not writing a text post that day and letting my photo post be enough–but I didn’t ever feel like I lacked ideas.
A lot of people (both in the blogosphere and in the “real world”) don’t think they’d be capable of finding compelling topics to write about every single day.
Thirty topics? Thirty topics that you’ll actually want to write? Thirty topics that people will actually want to read?
It seems daunting, I’ll admit. But I find daily blogging (or vlogging–I completed Vlog Every Day in April in both 2013 and 2014) makes you look at the world differently. Every word you hear and read becomes a potential post. Little fleeting thoughts throughout the day become more important. “Small ideas” suddenly carry a larger weight and validity in your day-to-day life, and nothing is too insignificant.
I actually like this way of looking at the world, and getting into that mindset during a monthlong challenge is the best way to train yourself to always see your ideas that way. Because of doing VEDA and NaBloPoMo, it’s extremely easy for me to extract topics out of my daily life. Topics that I’ll actually want to write and topics that people will actually want to read.
NaBloPoMo isn’t for everybody. I get that. It makes some bloggers feel completely overwhelmed, not just minorly burnt out. Don’t do it if it’ll affect your mental or physical health in a seriously negative way.
But I would challenge you to try out NaBloPoMo. Or a week of posting every day, if a month is too much.
Push yourself to value your “small” ideas more, and to turn them into big ideas. Even the most seemingly insignificant concepts may be new to your readers. Out of desperation, you may even turn to writing styles you don’t usually use (on Day 11 I posted a poem–how often do you see poetry on Victim To Charm?).
And that’s what blogging is all about: experimenting and trying new things, exposing an audience to perspectives that they hadn’t previously considered, and documenting your navigation through the world.
Did you miss some of my NaBloPoMo posts? Click here to see them all.
Those numbers at the top are important; this post also counts for the Weekly Writing Challenge: Countdown.